The Predator…is Coming.
It’s no secret that there is another “Predator” movie in the works. Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3 (among others) is going to direct. He may be the perfect man for the job, as he played Hawkins in the original 1987 classic.
I’m very excited for this movie. Being a huge fan of Predator, any time we get to see that creature on the big screen is a thrill. It’s such a great alien design. He’s big. He’s powerful.
And he’s intimidating.
I must admit, I’m fairly easy to please when it comes to what I want to see in the new flic. A cameo appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising the role of Dutch would be amazing. Dutch has been referenced a few times before in other Predator movies, but never seen. While he may be older now, a quick appearance would work wonders to really make this new movie authentic and connect it to the original (if done right). We’ve seen snippets of the Predator home world as well, and learned a bit about their culture with the help of the “Alien vs Predator” movies (although it’s been said that the Predator universe and the AvP universe are not connected to each other).
No matter what happens, it’s a guarantee I’ll be in the theater when it gets released. In the meantime, let’s rank all the movies the Predator has appeared in from bottom to top:
Predator 2 (1990)
A follow-up to the original, even written by the same writers. Unfortunately, besides the Predator itself there was much that was left to be desired. Some positives though: new weapons were introduced, and for the first time we got to see multiple Predators on screen at the same time. It was also cool to see the creature in a metropolis setting, and a great camera move around the Predator in the meat packing plant is a definite highlight.
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
A very cool idea was executed in this one, picking up right where AVP: Alien vs. Predator left off: what would happen if an Alien gestated and burst out of a Predator body? The result was a Predalien. The downfall of AVPR? It was too dark.
No, not thematically – literally. Many scenes with the Predator and Predalien were extremely hard to see due to some pretty low lighting, and that’s unfortunate. This movie also suffered from some “horror” movie cliche’s and some weak acting, but the extra-terrestrials in this tale did their part.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Yes, there was a lot of complaints about the backstory that was created for the Aliens and the Predator(s). Yes, there were some cheesy moments throughout the movie. But the Predators themselves were menacing enough, and we even got to see one of their ships and some “elder” Predators. It was a nice touch bringing back some of the Predator weapons that were first introduced in Predator 2.
A great effort made to continue the Predator universe. There was an interesting wrinkle introduced regarding the Predator culture, and “classes” of Predators. We saw some great new masks as well, not to mention some otherworldly creatures that the Predators like to hunt (besides us lowly humans).
There was never a doubt. One of the ultimate action movies of all time, and having it made during the muscle-loving years of the 1980’s was a bonus. We the audience are introduced to the masterpiece of costuming, make-up and creature effects that is the Predator for the first time.